Meet Kristi Hassinger
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How did you start creating?
As the kiddos started getting older and more independent, my husband and I wanted to find something we could do together. He found an interest in woodworking and repurposing old things. This led us to auctions to find things for him to repurpose. I could help him with the finishing touches of the things, but just didn't have much of a role in it. We just happened to run into some really cheap furniture and I knew I could flip it. Once I updated it, my neighbor sent me a message and actually wanted to buy it. I was shocked that someone wanted to actually buy my things because I have never considered myself artistic! That one sale was all it took and I was hooked! Although I started with furniture, I have moved now into mixed media recently. I think furniture was just my gateway drug to open up the hidden artist within me. It has helped me to realize that perfection is in the eye of the beholder and that it isn't about perfection, but about enjoying the process of creating.
Favorite thing you have ever created?
The red Poppy Buffet is probably my favorite!
Favorite Paint and Color to work with?
I don't have a favorite paint....it is all about the color! I paint the most with greens and blues.
Something most do not know about you
My Momma says I was born with an old soul. I am convinced that I was born in the wrong decade! I have always related and been fascinated with things from a much earlier era, but it has made me just that much closer with those in my family that are older. Oh how I treasure their stories and some of the simplicity of life they share.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I actually wanted to be an attorney! My Momma said I could argue with a brick wall. I am sure those that know me well would not disagree.
If you could choose anywhere in the world to live, where would it be and why?
After visiting Italy last spring, i would love to live in the countryside in that area. I definitely left a piece of my heart there when I left.
Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
at church, running errands, enjoying time with family, or playing with my art supplies in the basement!
How do you want people to remember you?
I have a passion for my family and people. I hope that they remember me for how I treated them, added value to their lives, gave generously, and loved fiercely.